Castle of Fear was the one hundred and twenty-seventh story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Alan Barnes and featured Peter Davison as the Fifth Doctor and Sarah Sutton as Nyssa.

It was the first in a series of three linked audio stories centred around the village of Stockbridge. The village first appeared in Doctor Who Magazine's comic stories and made its Big Finish debut in Autumn. It was also the first Doctor Who audio story to feature the Rutan Host (although they had already appeared in the Bernice Summerfield audio series).

Publisher's summary Edit

1199: Returning from the Crusades, Hubert, the new Earl of Mummerset, comes to take possession of Stockbridge Castle, his ancestral home. The only trouble is, in his absence, demons took possession of his Castle...

1899: The Stockbridge mummers' play takes a wholly unexpected turn, when the Dragon slays St George.

These events are not unconnected, the Doctor and Nyssa discover. There's an alien presence squatting in Stockbridge Castle, and it's their job to expose it. If Turkish knights, killer boars and a gang of rogue paladins don't stop them first...

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  • The Doctor mentions the Sontaran Jingo Linx who inhabited Irongron's castle.
  • There is a Rutan Drone Commander inhabiting Stockbridge Castle.
  • The Doctor additionally suggests that Linx followed the Rutan to Earth.
  • The Rutans are from Ruta III, an ice world, and thus have little tolerance for heat.
  • The Rutan aimed to create a clone factory, creating clones of Rutans whilst in human form. Subsequently, several members of the community of Stockbridge had elements of Rutan genetics in their bodies following one of the clones escaping.
  • A Mummerset black is a type of boar.

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Castle of Fear preview

Illustration from DWM 414.

  • On the "CD Extras", several cast members described the story as having a "Monty Python-esque" feel.
  • CD 2 includes Episode 8 of The Three Companions: The Battle of World's End Junction.
  • Both the Doctor and Osbert refer to 1199 as being "the Year the Ant by the Lion was Slain." In actuality, it has been described as "the Year the Lion by the Ant was slain," referring to Richard the Lionheart's death at the hands of a young French boy named Pierre Basile, Bertran de Gudrun or John Sabroz.
  • This story marks the first appearance of the Rutans in a Doctor Who audio drama. However, they previously appeared in the Bernice Summerfield audio drama The Bellotron Incident.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 15 and 16 June 2009 at The Moat Studios.

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